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Construction leaders fear impact of Scottish 'yes'

29 Aug 14

Industry figures voice fears that a vote for independence would lead to downsizing of firms north of the border

High Court

Pick Everard defends £750m consultants framework

29 Aug 14

Project Management and Full Design Team Services framework has been embroiled in a legal dispute

Rathbone Place

Lend Lease hiring drive despite £14m Europe construction loss

28 Aug 14

European construction arm shrugs off poor results and ‘positions itself for growth’ through increased pipeline

Construction site

Top QS firms clash with RICS over qualification reform

28 Aug 14

Critics fear proposed changes would ‘dumb down’ the flagship Assessment of Professional Competence

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Aecom indices

Cost update: Q2 2014

27 Aug 14

Construction output recorded no change compared with the last quarter, while new housing construction is the primary reason for rises in new work output

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Mark Davey

Interview: Mark Davey

28 Aug 14

Defying five years of recession, cladding company Lakesmere has experienced rapid growth. MD Mark Davey reveals how the firm beat the downturn



Will they stay or will they go?

29 Aug 14

What effects would a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum have on the industry?

Glasgow School of Art

What did Scotland ever do for architecture?

26 Aug 14

Scotland’s architectural pedigree goes back well before the 1707 Act of Union, and whatever the result of the referendum, its architects will continue to transform the built environment well beyond the bonnie braes of their homeland



Hansom: Plastic bricks and mortar

29 Aug 14

Monaco plans to become home to the most expensive apartment in the world, we mark a posthumous birthday for an early pioneer of suspension bridges, and a Lego visitor centre is made out of… you guessed it

Project news

Lafarge freight rail link in Kent

Network Rail awards £250m of contracts

28 Aug 14

Balfour Beatty and Miller Construction among the winners on building and civils frameworks


Unite adds four major schemes to its pipeline

28 Aug 14

Client commits to student halls projects in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Portsmouth

Three Pancras Square small

Bam lands £40m King's Cross office scheme

26 Aug 14

Contractor will build 160,000 sqft office building, which won planning last week

King's Cross gasholders

King's Cross gasholder park wins planning

26 Aug 14

Structure will house new park and events space

Atkins Easter Bush

Atkins wins planning for £25m Edinburgh campus scheme

26 Aug 14

Planning approval will see work start next year

Perth Stadium

John Laing closes on 60,000-seat Aussie stadium

26 Aug 14

Team on Perth Stadium project includes Arup and Turner & Townsend

Sketch of the week

Roger Fitzgerald sketch

Sketch of the week: South Bank

22 Aug 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Roger Fitzgerald for charity Article 25’s annual 10x10 event


Sarah Richardson

Beware unconscious uncoupling

29 August 2014

A vote for Scotland’s independence could mean big changes for the sector


Simon Rawlinson

Growing pains

28 Aug 14 | By Simon Rawlinson

While the Monetary Policy Committee ponders a rise in interest rates, they’d be wise to take a closer look at what’s happening in construction - where lessons can be learned that have a bearing on the wider economy

From the archive

Chris Eubank archive piece

This week in 2004: Dear Chris, we wish you were here

22 Aug 14

Read about Chris Eubank’s plans to save Brighton’s Grade I-listed West Pier


Vectorworks BIM software was implemented during the planning of Moorlands College in Christchurch multi-use teaching and community spaces

CPD 17 2014: BIM for small practices

27 Aug 14

As of 2016, all centrally procured government construction projects must implement level 2 BIM. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Vectorworks, defines levels of BIM


Matthew Jones

Property: Waving a green stick

29 Aug 14 | By Matthew Jones

Plans are afoot to compel private landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties - ignore them at your peril

Tony Bingham

No messing north of the border

28 Aug 14 | By Tony Bingham

This case from the Scottish Court of Appeal reiterates the point that adjudication should not be held up by minor technical points

Peter Morse

Insurance: Living with uncertainty

25 Aug 14 | By Peter Morse

Insurance can help projects thrive by limiting uncertainty but developers must take initiative in developing their programmes

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